Keeping Plants Alive In Cold Weather

By: Trey Meynig

Updated: 11/11/2013 5:37 pm

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The Silverado subdivision in Victoria is where Vicki and Peter Mcnally call home, and help to keep it looking beautiful. Upon hearing that the coldest temperatures of the season are about to invade the crossroads, the Mcnally's went to work to protect the neighborhoods tender vegetation.

"We are putting mulch down today to keep the help them get through the winter time.""I try to get as many weeds away from it as I can and pull up the old mulch and then lay down new mulch about 3 or 4 inches deep." said Vicki Renken.

The Mcnallys feel say that keeping the root system as warm as possible will help plants survive cold temperatures.    

In addition to keeping the roots warm, limiting the above ground leaves to cold winds, frost or even ice coverage is vital to helping a plant survive. when frost and freezing weather is forecast, dennis renken with Renken's nursery in victoria recommends that if possible, it is best to move

"Do not use plastic, because cold will go right through the plastic and it will burn your plants."

Cloth allows air and water to move through the material, while plastic material prevents this from happening. If for some reason the plants cannot be brought in or covered, Renken recommends given then a good soaking of water just before a cold weather snap. This way, the plants will be at their strongest, and more likely to survive stress, such as extreme cold.

Sensitive plants inside to avoid the cold. If this is not possible, Renken recommends covering the plants with a sheet or cloth. This will serve as a barrier from the wind and ice that may form on the leaves. If you choose to cover, Renken wants to make sure that only cloth material is used.

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